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Jesse Watters

Jesse Watters

Jesse Bailey Watters is a top political commentator, producer, and journalist in America. He works for Fox News and features the Jesse Watters Primetime. He is regarded to be inclined towards the conservative party. He is the producer of a famous show on Fox News, The Five.

Personal Life and Education

Jesse was born on 9th July 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father was Stephen Hapgood Watters, a teacher, and his mother, Anne Purvis was a child Psychologist; they raised Jesse in Philadelphia. The maternal grandfather of Jesse, Morton Bailey Jr., was the publisher of Better Homes and Garden Magazine, and his paternal grandfather, Dr Franklin Benjamin Watters, was a great cardiologist at Veterans Administrative Hospital in Newington. Jesse's paternal grandfather was also a professor of Medical Dental College at the University of Connecticut.

Jesse spent his childhood and grew up in Germantown and East Falls in Philadelphia. He completed his schooling at William Penn Charter School; then, his family moved to Long Island, New York. He completed his bachelor's degree in History from Trinity College, Hartford. He had no formal degree in journalism; still, he got into Fox News.

Noelle K. Inguagiato was Jesse's first wife; they married in 2009, and the couple had twin daughters. In 2018, Noelle filed the divorce, alleging an extramarital affair of Jesse with one of his producers, Emma DiGiovine. They were granted permission for divorce in March 2019. Just four months after the divorce, Jesse declared his engagement news in August 2019 with Emma DiGiovine. The new couple married at the end of the same year in December and was blessed with a son in 2021.

Jesse Watters


Jesse started his career as a production assistant for Fox News in 2001, soon after graduation. In 2003, he was transferred to the production staff of The O'Reilly Factor, which was on air in 2004. He had been working at Fox News for more than 20 years.

In 2014, Jesse was featured on the show Outnumbered on Fox News for the first time on television.

Jesse was a recognisable face among the public as there was a segment in O'Reilly Factor titled Watters' World where he roams on streets, interacts with strange individuals, and questions them on current topics. Watters' World was first telecasted in November 2015, and because of this show, he was nicknamed "ambush journalist". This show gave him immense popularism among the public. It was aired monthly; growing in popularity, it became a weekly show in January 2017.

The next breakthrough of his career was appearing in the roundtable show The Five as a co-host in April 2017. The Five was a show with five hosts discussing the current social and political issues.

In January 2022, it was announced by Fox News that a new primetime show would be on air from 24th January 2022, which is to be fully hosted by Jesse Watters. The show was named Jesse Watters Primetime.

Watters' World has been off the air since January 2022, but Jesse still hosts The Five.

How I Saved the World is a book by Jesse, which HarperCollins published on 6th July 2021, which was Best-Sellers for many weeks.

Net Worth

Jesse Watters is claimed to be one of the highest-paid television hosts on American television or even in the World. His net worth is estimated at around $73 million. As per sources, he is paid $16 million annually by Fox News. He owns five cars and nine housing properties in the United States.


Comment Controversy on Ivanka Trump

Jesse, in his show The Five, commented on Ivanka Trump when she was speaking as a panellist on female entrepreneurship. Jesse commented on Ivanka's speech, "So I don't get what's going on here, but I liked how she was speaking into that microphone". His comments were regarded as sexist and opposed by trump's supporters.

John Podesta Controversy

Jesse commented on John Podesta's email hacking incident by Russian hackers, that "what happened was Jon Podesta gave his password to a hacker and guess what his password was 'Password', and accidentally the actual password was the password only, which Jesse said.

Chinatown Controversy

In 2016, before the US elections, Jesse Watters was reporting in Chinatown of New York for his show O'Reilly Factor. During his reporting from Chinatown, he asked people different questions, but some questions offended the Chinese audience, like "Is it the year of dragon…. rabbit?" and "Do they call Chinese food in China just food?". These comments by Jesse that offended Chinese people, and outrage spread among Asian-Americans, referring to rude, derogatory and racist remarks. This created trouble for Jesse; consequently, he came up with an apology for his comments.

Jesse on Social Media

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Twitter @JesseBWatters
Instagram @jessewatters
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